Deve Gowda backs Rahul for PM
Janata Dal (Secular) patriarch HD Deve Gowda has said his party has no hesitation in backing Congress president Rahul Gandhi for the Prime Minister’s post. Deve Gowda, however, said Gandhi should be careful about the language he uses to attack his political opponents. “Any language that hurts the office of the PM– nobody should use such language [such as “chowkidaar chor hai”],” the former PM said in an interview. On a Congress-JD(S) seatsharing pact, he said: “The formula that has been adopted by the Congress after the formation of the [Karnataka] government is one-third for us on all issues.
Rahul Gandhi reiterated his controversial remarks of last week against defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Rafale deal and insisted that he would have made similar comments even if the defence minister had been a man. “Prime Minister...has helped Anil Ambani steal ₹30,000 crore and...Lok Sabha is where he should have defended himself but he chose to send another person and that person happened to be a woman,” he said.